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Milan 2011: Day One

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Dwell has traveled to Milan, Italy, for the 2011 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world, to see firsthand the latest novelties from renowned designers and to discover the new creations from yet-to-be-discovered talent. Before we even set foot on the FeriaMilano grounds, we first head to the satellite events around the city to get a taste of what's to come this week. Here we share some images from our first day, and if this slideshow piques your interest, be sure to follow us on Twitter to get up-to-the-minute updates all week, straight from the show floor of Salone.

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  For the 10th anniversary of his Landscape chaise longue, designer Jeffrey Bernett revisited his creation for B&B Italia by adding a rocking version, and adding a retro-fittable custom foam cover produced in conjunction with Kvadrat.
    For the 10th anniversary of his Landscape chaise longue, designer Jeffrey Bernett revisited his creation for B&B Italia by adding a rocking version, and adding a retro-fittable custom foam cover produced in conjunction with Kvadrat.
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  With nods to both the Eames aluminum group and Poul Kjaerholm's PK91 folding stool, Antonio Citterio's new Beverley chair for B&B Italia felt like it was descended from design royalty.
    With nods to both the Eames aluminum group and Poul Kjaerholm's PK91 folding stool, Antonio Citterio's new Beverley chair for B&B Italia felt like it was descended from design royalty.
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  Beverley's cast-aluminum legs fold elegantly by virtue of their twisting forms.
    Beverley's cast-aluminum legs fold elegantly by virtue of their twisting forms.
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  Down the street from B&B Italia, Piero Lissoni's installation, Immaterial House, featured a mix of icons and new releases from Porro.
    Down the street from B&B Italia, Piero Lissoni's installation, Immaterial House, featured a mix of icons and new releases from Porro.
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  Spanish designer Jaime Hayon's new Favn sofa for Fritz Hansen echoes the space-age forms of the classic Jacobsen pieces it claims as distant relatives. Each piece is offered in a selection of three fabrics, with slight variations in texture and color.
    Spanish designer Jaime Hayon's new Favn sofa for Fritz Hansen echoes the space-age forms of the classic Jacobsen pieces it claims as distant relatives. Each piece is offered in a selection of three fabrics, with slight variations in texture and color.
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  It was almost lunch hour, and along the Corso Garibaldi, Dwell's Amanda Dameron and Keven Weeks couldn't help but be seduced by a typical Salumeria.
    It was almost lunch hour, and along the Corso Garibaldi, Dwell's Amanda Dameron and Keven Weeks couldn't help but be seduced by a typical Salumeria.
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  After lunch we traipsed over to the Teatro Versace to see a showcase of new designs from Established & Sons. Among the offerings was Haystack, a graphic and pliable seating option by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong.
    After lunch we traipsed over to the Teatro Versace to see a showcase of new designs from Established & Sons. Among the offerings was Haystack, a graphic and pliable seating option by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong.
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  Les frères Bouroullec debuted a new set of shelves with sliding felt panels. Last year's lighthouse lamp (one of our all-time favorites) helped set the scene.
    Les frères Bouroullec debuted a new set of shelves with sliding felt panels. Last year's lighthouse lamp (one of our all-time favorites) helped set the scene.
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  Finnish illustrator Klaus Haapaniemi and his textile-designer wife, Mia Wallenius (who collaborated on last year's Hel Yes! restaurant interior), showed a series of psychedelic rugs and tapestries depicting scenarios from Earth's prehistory.
    Finnish illustrator Klaus Haapaniemi and his textile-designer wife, Mia Wallenius (who collaborated on last year's Hel Yes! restaurant interior), showed a series of psychedelic rugs and tapestries depicting scenarios from Earth's prehistory.
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  After examining Established & Sons' wares, we headed to the backyard of Dedon's showroom on Via Savona, where an installation of Nestrest lounging pods by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety looked something like an Ewok village redesigned by the Campana brothers.
    After examining Established & Sons' wares, we headed to the backyard of Dedon's showroom on Via Savona, where an installation of Nestrest lounging pods by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety looked something like an Ewok village redesigned by the Campana brothers.
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  Also at Dedon, Richard Frinier's Tribeca table, shown here with a brown glass top, offered a distinctly refined counterpoint to the zany surroundings.
    Also at Dedon, Richard Frinier's Tribeca table, shown here with a brown glass top, offered a distinctly refined counterpoint to the zany surroundings.
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  Keven Weeks shows us how it's done inside a Nestrest pod.
    Keven Weeks shows us how it's done inside a Nestrest pod.
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  With temperatures reaching into the 80s (F) outside, things were cool as ice—literally—inside the Cassina booth. They pulled an Olafur Eliasson by encasing two of Corbu's Le Grand Conforts within solid blocks of illuminated ice.
    With temperatures reaching into the 80s (F) outside, things were cool as ice—literally—inside the Cassina booth. They pulled an Olafur Eliasson by encasing two of Corbu's Le Grand Conforts within solid blocks of illuminated ice.
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  Franco Albini's Veliero shelving is the latest addition to Cassina's Maestri Collection. Strictly for fans of hardcore tensegrity.
    Franco Albini's Veliero shelving is the latest addition to Cassina's Maestri Collection. Strictly for fans of hardcore tensegrity.
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  Over at Cappellini, Japanese young guns Nendo brought a couple of pieces descended from their extremely well-received Thin Black Lines show at Phillips de Pury to the consumer market. Thin Black Table might make you look twice before you set down your drink.
    Over at Cappellini, Japanese young guns Nendo brought a couple of pieces descended from their extremely well-received Thin Black Lines show at Phillips de Pury to the consumer market. Thin Black Table might make you look twice before you set down your drink.
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  Also by Nendo, and also inspired by Thin Black Lines, Sekitei features playful interaction between the seat's wire-frame basket and cushion stitching.
    Also by Nendo, and also inspired by Thin Black Lines, Sekitei features playful interaction between the seat's wire-frame basket and cushion stitching.
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  With a curious blend of materials, exaggerated hardware, and almost naive composition, Tafelstukken by Daphna Laurents for Cappellini successfully represents today's flavor of modernist design.
    With a curious blend of materials, exaggerated hardware, and almost naive composition, Tafelstukken by Daphna Laurents for Cappellini successfully represents today's flavor of modernist design.
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  Bertjan Pot's new Heracleum LED pendant for Moooi was both highly futuristic and pleasingly organic.
    Bertjan Pot's new Heracleum LED pendant for Moooi was both highly futuristic and pleasingly organic.
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  Another winner at Moooi, the Mistral lamp, imbues an industrial, box-fan aesthetic with a pleasant breeze and an elegant, intricately etched glass diffuser.
    Another winner at Moooi, the Mistral lamp, imbues an industrial, box-fan aesthetic with a pleasant breeze and an elegant, intricately etched glass diffuser.
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  Just down the road, rising-star chef Stevie Parle of London's Dock Kitchen set to work cooking dinner at the Parlement pop-up restaurant within Tom Dixon's Via Stendahl installation.
    Just down the road, rising-star chef Stevie Parle of London's Dock Kitchen set to work cooking dinner at the Parlement pop-up restaurant within Tom Dixon's Via Stendahl installation.
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  It was a surprise to find Tom Dixon's popular Beat lights, heretofore only finished in matte black‚ offered in a high-gloss white.
    It was a surprise to find Tom Dixon's popular Beat lights, heretofore only finished in matte black‚ offered in a high-gloss white.
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  As the hot sun finally began to sink, we set down our press-kit-laden bags for a moment of respite and ordered a round of cooling beverages. Join us tomorrow as we head into the fray, as it were, to tackle the sprawling complex of FieraMilano.Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    As the hot sun finally began to sink, we set down our press-kit-laden bags for a moment of respite and ordered a round of cooling beverages. Join us tomorrow as we head into the fray, as it were, to tackle the sprawling complex of FieraMilano.

    Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

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